IAS Fellow at Grey College, January-March 2024
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Mireille Hildebrandt is a Research Professor on ‘Interfacing Law and Technology’ at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), appointed by the VUB Research Council. She is co-Director of the Research Group on Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology. She also holds the part-time Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty, at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research interests concern the implications of automated decisions, machine learning and mindless artificial agency for law and the rule of law in constitutional democracies. She has published 5 scientific monographs, 23 edited volumes or special issues, and over 120 chapters and articles in scientific journals and volumes. In 2015, she published a scientific monograph Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law and in 2020 she published a textbook Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk. Her most recent publications to date (March 2023) are ‘Ground Truthing in the European Health Data Space’ and Qualification and ‘Quantification in Machine Learning. From Explanation to Explication’.
She received an ERC Advanced Grant for her project on ‘Counting as a Human Being in the era of Computational Law’ (2019-2024), that funds COHUBICOL. In that context, she is co-founder of the international peer reviewed Journal of Cross-Disciplinary Research in Computational Law, together with Laurence Diver (co-Editor in Chief is Frank Pasquale) and she also initiated the Conference on Cross-Disciplinary Research in Computational Law that brings together lawyers, computer scientists and scholars from social science and the humanities, to investigate both the technical and the legal affordances of computational legal technologies. See the programme and recordings of the inaugural CRCL22 Conference here.
During her Fellowship, she will collaborate with Professor William Lucy (Law) and Dr Noura Al Moubayed (Computer Science) on the research project on ‘Justice and Artificial Intelligence’. She is delighted to continue her research into the assumptions of computational systems and their implications for law and the rule of law, more notably with regard to the integration of so-called artificial intelligence (AI) into legal research and legal practice. She will be working on a monograph on A New Hermeneutics for Computational Law, hoping to contribute to a proper ‘reading’ of the output of legal technologies that involve various types of AI. The monograph will build on her previous work and on the Typology of Legal Technologies that was developed by her ERC ADG team of lawyers and computer scientists and should be further inspired by the exchanges during her Fellowship at the IAS.
In 2022 she was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).